Handmaids Tale

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*Dr. Peth*ybridge English Literature Matthew Lowell With extreme circumstances, extreme measures need to take place. The psychological and societal changes that occurred while the civilization of Gilead was reconstructed had no excuse because terror does not advance society it degenerates it. Instead of trying to stabilize society, they diminished it. Society is now all about power and authority. The Red symbolism in the Handmaid’s Tale The color red in the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood has an important significance throughout the life of Offred in the oppressive society of Gilead. In this dystopian society, the color red draws an important yet pervasive parallel between violence and feminism in Gilead. The color red is often associated with the females, for example, the women in Gilead wear red robes when they are made to go out for shopping. On the other hand red is also the color of blood; death and violence, and therefore is closely associated with women in this male-dominated ultraconservative government. The final method used by Atwood to convey the significance of the color red is through its blatant appearance through Gilead society, “But on one bag there's blood, which has seeped through the white cloth, where the mouth must have been. It makes another mouth, a small red one. . . This smile of blood is what fixes the attention finally” (Page 32). The men who are hanging on the street are meant to scare people, as Atwood clearly states, yet meant to scare who? It can be reasoned men, because the only people hung on the wall as a display are men who have violated the laws and prophecies of Gilead. However the people that walk that route to buy groceries for their owners are the women, specifically the Handmaids. The men are hung on the wall for information and “entertainment” for the women to see. Using this discreet, yet deliberate method, the author through the society of Gilead has drawn another unnatural parallel between women...
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